Holiday Events
Holiday Events

We’ve Got the Spirit

Downtown Cape Girardeau has got the spirit when it comes to celebrating the holidays. With over 75 unique shops, you can find a gift for everyone on your list. And they’ll love hearing all about the special place that you went to pick out their gift. Annual holiday events are listed below. Do yourself a favor and get downtown to enjoy them this year!

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Christmas Tree Lighting 2021

Friday, November 26, 5-7 pm

Spectators can watch Santa & Mrs. Claus light the thirty-foot Christmas tree that will be housed in the Vasterling Suites Courtyard for the duration of the Christmas in Downtown season! Expect new additions and food options to the 2021 season event.

This event is proudly brought to you by Banterra Bank and Top of the Marq.


Small Business Saturday 2021

Saturday, November 27, All Day

Make sure to #shopsmall on Saturday, November 27 and visit all your favorite downtown businesses! Check out our Facebook page closer to the event, we will be sharing some of the deals going on downtown!


Parade of Lights 2021

Sunday, November 28, 5-7 pm

Join Old Town Cape, Inc. for the 29th Annual Downtown Christmas Parade of Lights, scheduled for Sunday, November 28, 2021! The parade will begin promptly at dusk (5:00 p.m.), and the theme for 2021 is Ringing in the Holidays in Old Town Cape. The parade will begin at the intersection of Broadway Street and West End Boulevard (Capaha Park entrance), continue East down Broadway Street toward the river, will then turn right onto Main Street, and will end at 43 S. Main (Hutson’s Big Sandy Furniture parking lot).

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The Parade of Lights


Downtown Cape Shopping Spree

Saturday, November 27 through Saturday, December 4

For an entire week, downtown holiday shoppers can enter to win one of the two $500 downtown shopping sprees, courtesy of Old Town Cape. Shoppers will be able to enter to win by scanning the QR codes at a business within one of each of the six sectors listed in the Downtown Guides: Arts & Attractions, Retail, Dining & Nightlife, Services, Worship, and Lodging. Shoppers can gain another entry by spending $250 within the Old Town Cape district during this event week 11/27-12/4. Receipts must be brought by the Old Town Cape office or emailed to for proof of purchase. Two winners for the $500 shopping spree will be drawn, and winners can split the $500 between multiple downtown businesses.


Holiday Open House 2021

Friday, December 3 from 5– 9 pm & December 4 from 10 am – 3 pm

The Annual Downtown Holiday Open House two-day event will take place on Friday, December 3, from 5 – 9 p.m. AND Saturday, December 4, from 10 a.m.- 3 p.m. This family-friendly open house event will include live caroling throughout downtown, pictures with Santa and the Grinch, children’s activities in Santa’s Workshop and, horse-drawn carriage rides, and participating businesses will be decorated and waiting for you with holiday merchandise, in-store deals, and special events!

Photos with Santa are proudly sponsored by Cape Girardeau Noon Optimist. Santa’s Workshop is proudly sponsored by Saint Francis Healthcare System. Horse-drawn wagon rides are proudly sponsored by Terri Penrod & Associates. Photos with the Grinch are proudly sponsored by Realty Executives Edge.


Holiday Bazaar 2021

Saturday, December 4, 10 am – 3 pm

Old Town Cape, Inc. will once again host the Holiday Bazaar that will take place on Saturday, December 4, during day two of the 18th Annual Downtown Christmas Open House.

The Old Town Cape Holiday Bazaar will feature vendors that offer locally grown, handcrafted, and homemade products such as winter produce, baked goods, candies, and artisan crafts. Vendors will also be accepting holiday baking orders and orders for customized gifts. Guests can expect to find their favorite Cape Riverfront Market vendors, as well as new seasonal vendors.

The Holiday Bazaar is sponsored by First State Community Bank, Adam Gohn, Esq., Realty Executives Edge, and in-kind by Withers Broadcasting Company.

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